Siblings of Quarantined Students - VERY IMPORTANT
I want to let everyone know that if you choose to quarantine your non-sick, non-close contact child, they will not necessarily be counted as an excused absence. Please email Jill Brackett, your child's teacher, and our Nurse, Samantha Herring, and we will make determinations on a case by case basis. You may ask why... so I want to explain.
While we do want to use caution in identifying close contacts and making determinations about students in quarantine, we also have to balance the fact that ALL of our students need to be in school. The fact of the matter is this - More than any year before, a larger percentage of our students are academically behind. The gap is widening. Our teachers have a massive task ahead of them to ensure that each of their students receives the necessary instruction not only to 'catch them up', but to stretch them to their highest potential.
Do we want to put their health at risk to be sure they are taught well? Absolutely not. You have my word that we will always put their health and safety first. But we also have to consider the fact that we have a massive undertaking for all students who have gaps in their learning since the spring of 2020.
If you choose to keep siblings of close contacts at home, they will not receive virtual instruction or the same learning structure as our students who are home sick or quarantined. We will provide them with packets and information to keep them caught up, but our teachers cannot provide both in-person learning AND online learning except in the case of a quarantined or covid-positive student.
You will learn more about why this is so important in the Toolbox Meetings coming up this month. Thank you for understanding.